“If you take your cue from everyone else, you will end up like everyone else.” – Andy Stanley That’s an interesting quote, don’t you think?
It makes complete sense, but it’s also complicated.
It makes sense because we know that if we follow the way society tells us to do things, we will get in trouble.
If you were to take your relationship cues from the culture around you, chances are your relationships would look like everyone else’s. If you were to take your financial cues from culture, chances are your checking account would look like everyone else’s. If you were to take your moral cues from culture, chances are your ethics would simply be ordinary.
But, I think I know you well enough to guess that you don’t want to be ordinary. In fact, I would bet you want to be extraordinary. And that’s where it gets complicated.
It’s complicated because going against mainstream culture is difficult. It forces you, for example, to carefully manage your finances and be intentional in your relationships.
Here’s the bottom line: If you want to be extraordinary, it will cost you something.
Whether that personal cost is little or much, the quest to become extraordinary will eventually require you to sacrifice some parts of your identity.